African American Issues, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Latino Issues, Racial Issues/Hate Crime, Sociology
Race and crime, Social causes of crime, The death penalty, Women and crime, Juvenile delinquency, Poverty and crime, Prison culture, Criminal justice and the media
Department: Criminal Justice and Criminology
Office Phone: 303-615-0320
Interviewed by: The Denver Post, 9NEWS, Colorado Springs Gazette, Boulder Daily Camera, Aurora Sentinel, 850KOA, 7NEWS, Univision
A Colorado native, Cotton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002.
Her publications range in subject from issues related to the death penalty, eye-witness identifications, female offenders and the perception of crime through the media to issues around race, class, gender and crime. Her first book, "Effigy: Images of Capital Defendants" was released in the summer of 2008 by Lexington Books. Her second (co-authored) book, "Class, Race, Gender & Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America" (4th edition) was released in July 2014 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Cotton is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. A two-time Fulbright scholar, she now serves as a board member of the Colorado Fulbright Foundation. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.Edit this page